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Degree in Visual Arts and Dance with Honors

Degree in Arts
Visuals and Dance with Mention

The study plan leads to obtaining the Degree in Visual Arts and Dance (with mention in: Classic dance, Contemporary dance, Spanish dance, Dance Theater, Acrobatic and Circus Dance), by the Rey Juan Carlos University (IUDAA-URJC).

The Degree in Visual Arts and Dance with Mentions is a shared degree developed by the "Alicia Alonso" Higher Institute of Dance, which is responsible for 87% of the contents in collaboration with the Department of Educational Sciences, Language, Culture and Arts, Historical-Legal and Humanistic Sciences and Modern Languages ​​of the University King Juan Carlos, who assumes 13% of the contents of the theoretical subjects.

General Information

Branch of knowledge: Arts and Humanities
Responsible Center:  Faculty of social and legal sciences.
Teaching modality and Campus: In person – Fuenlabrada
Credits: 240. Credits year: 60. Duration: 4 years. 

Degree Objectives

Degree studies aim to offer general training aimed at preparing for the exercise of professional activities. This is achieved by providing the student with a number of skills that guarantee their insertion into the labor market but also allow them to evolve in response to the demands of society in an open and constantly changing context. 

The European Commission of Education recognizes the importance of the development of the performing arts and its relationship with information and communication technologies (ICT). The study carried out by the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, the University of Amsterdam, Holland and the University of Tampere in coordination with the University of Helsinki, Finland is specified in seven points that have been taken as fundamental external references at the time of define the objectives of this University Degree in Visual Arts and Dance, which are the following:

-The need to learn the relationship of the Performing Arts with the media and with the flow of transnational capital.
-Study the performing arts within the global market and their development through the visual arts and audiovisual technologies that support communication.
-Know the role of Visual Arts, Dance and Theater within the globalized economy.
-Study the forms of creative collaboration in cultural projects linked to business responsibility and the global market.
-Know the international commercial requirements for assessing artistic and ethical quality from a sociopolitical point of view.
-Study the role of the European artist in the conservation of traditions and history from a contemporary perspective.
-Analyze European thought to avoid distortions in the field of artistic creation.

Based on this premise, the objectives are summarized as follows:

– Develop knowledge and skills in the field of New Technologies of the Performing and Visual Arts based on practical experiences.
-Train students in analysis techniques to understand different artistic languages, linking these with Visual Arts and Dance.
-Develop historical interest in students by introducing them to knowledge of interpretative, circumstantial, environmental, ritual or symbolic aspects incorporated by people throughout history as forms of expression.
-Train students in the techniques and methods of appreciation and transmission of knowledge of the arts as an expression of cultural heritage.
-Teach the fundamental concepts of the Performing and Visual Arts. Main theoretical currents and authors.
-Develop the necessary skills to creatively apply the principles of choreographic creation and interpretation in their relationship with the visual arts.
-Assimilate the theoretical and methodological problems related to the Performing and Visual Arts and especially Dance.
-Introduce students to the development of skills based on knowledge and practical mastery of different techniques.

Recommended income profile

Applicants with a Middle Degree in Dance, or equivalent training in private centers, Baccalaureate and university access test EvAU who wish to achieve high levels of artistic and academic excellence through continued performing practice.

High school applicants with university entrance test EvAU and with a vocation for musical theater, physical theater of movement, performance, audiovisual creation, communication design and other related disciplines.

Students who opt for these degrees must pass the Evaluation for Access to the EvAU University and la specific entrance test, aimed at measuring skills such as musicality, sense of space, coordination, visual memory and improvisation capacity.

Training itinerary

Classical Dance (requires prior training equivalent to Intermediate Grade)
Spanish Dance (requires prior training equivalent to Intermediate Degree in Dance)
Contemporary Dance (no prior training required)
Dance-Theater (no prior training required)
Acrobatic and Circus Dances (no prior training required)

Research and performing praxis

Our graduates are trained in the principles of artistic excellence, with extensive knowledge of the technique, methodology and repertoire of dance and theater, which reinforce their technical mastery and stage maturity, consolidated throughout their four years. of studies.

Future-proof studies

Labor market

The University Degree in Visual Arts and Dance provides the necessary skills to link future performing arts and dance professionals with the creative audiovisual industry: cinema, performing and communication technologies, design, advertising, business management, tourism industry, etc., trained to face new challenges in the labor market.

High specialization

Our graduates occupy prominent positions in leading national and international dance, ballet, theater or circus companies. Also as producers, company directors, cultural managers, experts in production and distribution of shows, therapeutic applications, among other job opportunities with wide demand.

Prepared for teaching

Our graduates are qualified to work as teachers in the field of artistic education, both in public and private centers, at a professional level, from regulated basic education to teaching in universities throughout Europe.

Guarantee of future and employability in the sector.

Degree in Arts
Visuals and Dance with Mention

Our graduates are guaranteed the continuity of their studies through postgraduate training programs: Master of Performing Arts and the Master in Management and Leadership of Cultural Projects, being able to conclude their training stage, accessing the programs of the International Doctoral School of the URJC.

Degree with Mentions

The mentions are the specialties of the Degree that enable graduates to perform highly qualified functions, providing a curricular depth that expands their knowledge, multiplying their possibilities of employability by covering a greater number of fields of knowledge.

Classic dance

Contemporary dance

Spanish dance

Dance Theater

Acrobatic and Circus Dance


What topic areas will I address in this Degree?

  • Classic dance
  • Contemporary dance
  • Spanish dance
  • Physical and Movement Theater
  • Show Techniques
  • Pedagogy, Sociology and Psychology
  • Audiovisual communication
  • Cultural Management 

Where will I be able to work when I graduate?

The University Degree in Visual Arts and Dance provides the necessary skills to link future professionals in the performing arts and dance with the creative audiovisual industry, cinema, performing and communication technologies, advertising, and cultural industries.
Graduates will be able to find multiple professional opportunities in the traditional occupations of their specialty such as performers, choreographers, artistic directors, technical directors, producers and directors within the framework of any musical, theatrical, dance show or the audiovisual and cinematographic industry.
The job profile obtained offers the necessary skills to work in Communication Companies, Advertising Agencies, the Creative Audiovisual Industry and the Entertainment Industry, as well as to work as teachers, as critics specialized in theater, dance or cinema within the field of journalism, artistic research and cultural institutions.
Their training allows them to work as conservators of both tangible and intangible heritage, provide services as documentary filmmakers for artistic collections and, in general, participate in the study and rescue of cultural traditions. They may also be employed in the cultural areas of the different municipalities as programmers of cultural activities, project managers, and free time monitors.

Is this Degree official according to the regulations required by the EHEA?

The EHEA is the European Higher Education Area. Yes (final verification report is attached). The implementation of the degree will be done progressively, starting with the first course in the 2010-11 academic year.
The final ANECA verification report turned out FAVORABLE

Favorable report first modification

What Skills am I going to acquire?


  • CG1 Learning attitude and continuous improvement.
  • CG2 Develop teamwork.
  • CG3 Entrepreneurial and creative aptitude.
  • CG4 Development of an assertive attitude based on an approach behavior trying to establish a connection with the needs and approaches of others.
  • CG5 Development of professional autonomy.
  • CG6 Development of perseverance and tenacity, even despite difficulties, trying to maintain a constant effort to achieve goals.
  • CG7 Creativity and innovation to be able to do unusual approaches.
  • CG8 Curiosity and imagination in the development of their profession.
  • CG9 Being an individual in dialogue and negotiation establishing agreements and mechanisms to win.
  • CG10 Generator of a climate of trust and security, being able to transmit and teach in a warm environment.
  • CG11 Balanced, prudent and rigorous to act in his work with serenity, attentive to details and calculating the advantages and risks.
  • CG12 Carry out their work with knowledge, procedure and system.
  • CG13 Develop a spirit of improvement by always setting yourself new challenges.
  • CG14 Orientation to results showing a clear orientation to the achievement of the objectives.
  • CG15 Ability to assume commitments and responsibilities.
  • CG16 Develop capacity to plan and define objectives.
  • CG17 Being an individual capable of promoting and disseminating the fundamental principles of equality and freedom within a culture that defends peace and democratic values.


  • CE1 Master the Theory of teaching Dance and Visual Arts.
  • CE2 Ability to understand the complexity of educational processes in general and training processes in particular, specifically those related to artistic education.
  • CE3 Diagnose the needs and development possibilities of people to support educational actions.
  • CE4 Know and understand the teaching-learning processes and their impact on artistic education.
  • CE5 Know modern cultural trends and their role in today's society, and their relationship with social, political and cultural factors for interpretation and artistic creation in the modern world within the global context.
  • CE6 Ability to use new technologies applied to the Performing and Visual Arts.
  • CE7 Creative and interpretative capacity.
  • CE8 Develop investigative and self-taught capacity for the understanding of future studies using properly presentation and research techniques in the Performing and Visual Arts.
  • CE9 Develop knowledge and skills in the theory and practice of Dance and Visual Arts in a supportive interdisciplinary environment.
  • CE10 Have a knowledge of Dance, Performing Arts in general and Visual Arts including the technical and theoretical bases and creative and educational methods.
  • CE11 Have an adequate appreciation of the Performing and Visual Arts in contemporary culture and society, emphasizing Dance.
  • CE12 Know the structure, organization and opportunities of the Performing and Visual Arts industry.
  • CE13 Learn the relationship of the Performing and Visual Arts with the media.
  • CE14 Know the place of Performing and Visual Arts within the global market.
  • CE15 Manage Audiovisual Technologies that support communication, design and artistic creation.
  • CE16 Know the role of the Performing and Visual Arts in the new globalized economy.
  • CE17 Manage the principles of creation and management of cultural projects linked to corporate responsibility and the global market.
  • CE18 Know the responsibility of the European artist in the conservation of the traditions and history of the Performing and Visual Arts from a contemporary perspective.
  • CE19 Being able to create and produce theatrical shows.
  • CE20 Design advertising campaigns.
  • CE21 Know the management, production, creation and distribution mechanisms related to the Performing and Visual Arts.
  • CE22 Develop all aspects related to specialized criticism and writing in the field of Performing and Visual Arts.
  • CE23 Master stage technologies and audiovisual production.
  • CE24 Develop research work in the field of Performing and Visual Arts.
  • CE25 Develop artistic production projects.

Are there minimum permanence requirements?

  • The permanence of the students in the Degree studies will be a maximum of eight years for full-time students. Part-time students may request an extension of up to two more years from the Rector.
  • In Bachelor's degrees lasting more than 240 credits (4 years), the maximum of the previous section will be increased by one more year for every 60 ECTS credits that are added to the 240 ECTS.
  • Students must pass a minimum of two subjects in the first year. Students studying part-time must pass at least one subject in their first academic year.
  • Students who are studying any official Bachelor's degree at the Rey Juan Carlos University may make a maximum of four registrations to pass each of the subjects of the study plan, without counting previous cancellations of the same.

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How many ECTS credits should I enroll by type of enrollment and course?

Full-time students:

1º Course 48 ECTS 78 ECTS
Other courses 48 ECTS 78 ECTS


Part-time students:

1º Course 24 ECTS 47 ECTS
Other courses 24 ECTS  47 ECTS

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What knowledge will I acquire with this Degree?

Artistic knowledge

Artistic experience through continuous stage practices throughout the degree.
Body techniques of dance and theater.
Interpretation Techniques.
Direction of Interpreters.
Choreographic Composition Techniques.
Stage direction.
Scenography and lighting design.
History of the Performing Arts and its evolution.
Methodological bases of academic techniques applied to Visual Arts and Dance.

Technical knowledge

Audiovisual Communication Techniques.
New entertainment technologies.
Management of interactive media.
Technologies applied to choreographic composition, stage design and editing.

Practical theoretical knowledge

modern language.
Criticism and writing.
Intellectual Property and Copyright.
Technologies applied to choreographic composition, stage design and editing.


Did you know that the Cultural and Creative Industries employ about 29,5 million people, which represents 1% of the world's active population, exceeding the number of jobs in the automobile industry in Europe, Japan and the United States, which together They employ 25 million?

Source consulted: UNESCO, International Confederations of Societies of Authors and Composers, and the firm Ernst & Young.
Alicia Alonso University Institute of Dance

Fuenlabrada Campus
Classroom IV.
Camino del Molino SN 28943, Fuenlabrada Madrid, Spain

Telephone: +34 914-888-177

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